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If you have a tech-loving teen or tween on your gift list this year, you can’t go wrong with technology. These gifts hit the intersection of cool and useful, so go ahead and add a few to your own wish list.

TOTALLY TECH, TOTALLY HIP by kimberly carroll

Evernote Powered Moleskine Notebook Turn handwritten notes and drawings into searchable, sharable digital files with your iPhone and Evernote (iPhone, iPad, Android, and Mac/PC). This takes the beloved Moleskine paper notebooks to a whole new level. $25, Moleskineus.com

Sensu Brush Stylus for Touch Screens Turn any touch screen into a paint canvas with this cutting edge brush stylus. A work of art in its own right, this stunning stylus is great for the creative spirit and tech enthusiast alike. $40, Artist Hardware, Inc., 8111 St. Louis #2, Skokie, 773-715-5319

Apple TV A surprisingly simple way to stream Internet videos, television shows, movies and music to your HDTV screen. Works with iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, iPhoto libraries and much more. Use built-in Airplay to wirelessly stream iPhone and iPad content to the TV too. $99, Apple Retail Stores, Northbrook Court and Westfield Old Orchard, apple.com

Sunrise Simulation Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock  Wake naturally via sunrise simulation that gradually increases light 20-40 minutes prior to your alarm time. Proven to improve mood and energy level—isn’t that the best gift of all? Advanced model includes iPhone app with enhanced audio and charger. $150-$200, amazon.com

Jambox Wireless Smartspeaker The best-sounding small wireless speaker and speakerphone on the planet. Bluetooth technology lets you stream music from mobile phones or tablets, and the bonus speakerphone feature makes it a work tool too. Customize your color scheme for extra cool factor. $199, jawbone.com

Arty No-Tangle Earbuds  These earbuds have style plus a no-tangle technology so they can be dropped into a bag or pocket without worry. Multiple designs and colors available. $30, Lad and Lassie, 1115 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847251-7570

Lynda.com Online Training Whether your budding technologist is interested in learning to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets or animate 3D graphics, Lynda. com has more than 1500 courses that can be watched anywhere—Macs, PCs, tablets and smartphones. From $25 per month, lynda.com

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iPad Mini Everything lovable in the iPad, tied into a smaller package, with a smaller price tag. $329, Apple Retail Stores, Northbrook Court and Westfield Old Orchard, apple.com

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